Description of Program
The Manufactured Housing Program is a consumer protection program
that regulates the construction of certain factory built housing
units, called manufactured homes, formerly known as mobile homes.
The HUD program also oversees the enforcement of the construction
standards through third party inspection agencies and State governments.
HUD Manufacted Home Construction and Safety
Manufactured homes are built as dwelling units of at least 320 square
feet in size with a permanent chassis to assure the initial and
continued transportability of the home. All transportable sections
of manufactured homes built in the U.S. after June 15, 1976 must
contain a red label on the home; the label is the manufacturer's
certification that the home section is built in accordance with
HUD's construction and safety standards.
Enforcement of the HUD Standards
Certain HUD approved States and private third party agencies inspect
the homes at one stage of production and approve the manufacturers
designs as consistent with the HUD standards. Manufacturers contract
directly with the State or local third party and pay for the design
review and home inspection services. A list of the State governments
and HUDapproved third party inspection agencies is attached to this
Fact Sheet. Manufactured home retailers also have certain responsibilities
to assure that only homes meeting the standards are sold to the
has entered into cooperative agreements with 38 State governments
to conduct periodic checks of plant records and to respond to consumer
complaints. These State governments each designate a State
Administrative Agency (SAA). HUD staff carry out these functions
in the other 12 States without SAAs.
manages the program from its Headquarters in Washington, DC. The
program's office telephone number is (202) 708-6423; fax number
mailing address is:
of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Regulatory
Affairs and Manufactured Housing
Office of Manufactured Housing Programs
451 7th St. SW, Room 9164
Washington, D.C. 20410-8000
also uses a monitoring contractor, to conduct monitoring reviews
of third parties, issue certification labels to manufacturers, and
perform record reviews in non-SAA states.
Related HUD Program Information
Home Construction and Safety Standards, 24 CFR 3280. Available in
print free of charge from the HUD Customer Service Center at (800)
767-7468 or fax (202) 708-2313.
of State government and third party approved Inspection Agencies
Manufactured Home Procedural and Enforcement Regulations, 24 CFR
3282. Available in print free of charge from the HUD Customer
Service Center at (800) 767-7468 or fax (202) 708-2313.
Fact Sheet For Consumers - Manufactured Housing Program
of State Administrative Agencies
Responsibilities Under the Manufactured Housing Program
Foundations Guide for Manufactured Housing. issued September 1996.
Available as software or in print from HUDuser.
of Contact for Questions and Additional Information
HUD standards, technical inspection or design issues, contact Rick
Mendlen by email or at (202) 708-6423.
Consumer complaints or State Administrative Agencies, contact Patricia
A. McDuffie, Lane
Pethel, or Angelo
Wallace by email or at (202) 708-6423.